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Resume Tips For Teens


As a teenager begins his or her first job, they are often scared and have little courage.  Whether it is because of the lack of experience or going to an interview for the first time, looking for a job at such a young age can be scary.  One thing that can help children to ease their worries is being well prepared and having confidence.  Having a well put together resume can either make or break a job interview.  Even if you don’t have experience, a resume will show what skills, experience and other qualifications you have to make you stand out. 

Keep it simple.  The best resumes contain all information pertinent to the job you are applying for, but don’t overdo it.  If you add in qualifications that are not relevant, if may get confusing and turn employers away.  The resume should be easy to read and clearly understood.  It should highlight your best qualities and point out why you are different than the average applicant.   

Be professional.  The presentation of your resume should use a standard font and format.  There is no need to make a resume appear more visually appealing with cursive writing or pictures.  Make sure your name and contact information is clearly put at the top and print it out on a plain piece of white paper from a quality printer. 

Order is important.  When forming your resume, keep in mind that you want the most important qualities you possess to be first.  Prioritize your qualities and make sure that they stand out when an employer reviews your resume.  With your previous experience, things should be ordered based on the date.  Your most recent job experiences or other types of relevant experiences should be listed first. 

Content.  Even if you don’t have job experience, there are still many things that you can put in your resume.  Begin with a brief introduction of yourself that contains basic information, such as your name, sex, birthday and contact information.  After an introduction, you’ll want to list your strengths.  Here, you will put what you consider your most important strengths that are relevant to the job you are applying for.  Next, you’ll want to highlight any qualifications or awards you have received.  If you have a diploma or received educational awards while in school, you will list them in this section.   After highlighting any qualifications, you’ll want to list any job experience that you’ve had in the past.  Whether it is volunteer or paid, any previous work experience you have will be listed here.  Furthermore, you’ll want to include a brief description of what duties each job entailed.  Last but not least, you’ll want to list at least three references for the employer to contact.  These should not be family members, but instead people who know you on a work basis or from an educational standpoint.  When listing references, be sure to contact them and let them know that they may be contacted by the potential employer. 

Keep in mind that your resume should be clear and concise.  It should not be any longer than two pages and should contain anything that makes you stand out.  Make sure that there are no grammatical errors and that you have not put anything inaccurate on your resume.    

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